SPECIAL NARATIVE REPORT No. 233
MISSION: VIENNA North Station and Goods Depot
DATE: 30 March 1945
4 B-24’s took off at 0751 hours to attack VIENNA North Station and Goods Depot. 3 a/c dropped 7.5 tons of 500 lb RDX bombs, 5 non-delay and 5 time delay bombs per a/c, on WEINER-NEUSTADT M/Y from 1129 to 1138 hours from 22,000 to 24,000 feet. This target was attacked because the primary was only 3/10 cloud covered and they were briefed not to attack without cloud protection. One a/c attempted unsuccessfully to attack the assigned alternate and was forced to jettison 1.25 tons of delay-fused bombs in the Adriatic and returned 1.25 tons to base. 4 a/c returned to base at 1403 hours. None lost, none missing and none at friendly fields.
II. ROUTE AND ASSAULT
Rendezvoused over SAN VITO at 0805 hours at 30 second intervals as the third group in the Wing line. The course was as briefed until the I.P. was reached. Because the primary was only 3/10 cloud covered, 3 a/c proceeded to WEINER-NEUSTADT M/Y, attacking this target from 1129 to 1138 hours from 22,000 to 24,000 feet. The other a/c proceeded to GRAZ M/Y where an attempt was made to attack that target by PFF methods. The PFF operator failed to identify the target on the first run and on the second run the target was clear and it was decided not to attack it because of the flak defenses.
The weather showed overcast low and middle clouds over Southern Italy and the Adriatic, improving to broken low clouds over Yugoslavia and Southern Hungary. North of Lake Balaton, over the plains, low clouds began to thin rapidly to only scattered. Over VIENNA, only 3/10 low clouds to 8,000 feet and 2/10 high clouds above 25,000 feet. Over WEINER-NEUSTADT there was 10/10 low clouds to 10,000 feet and 4/10 middle clouds to 17,000 feet with scattered high clouds above 25,000 toot. On return all cloud levels had thinned with only scattered low clouds at 3,000 feet over the Southern Adriatic and Italy and overcast middle clouds over Italy at 8,000 feet.
Bombing at WEINER-NEUSTADT was accomplished entirely by PFF methods by one a/c and started by PFF methods and completed visually by the other 2 a/c. Visual reports state that bombs fell into the M/Y and adjacent warehouse type buildings. No photographs were taken.
IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE
A. Fighters: None.
B. Flak – None at VEINER-NEUSTADT. At GRAZ, flak was reported as M – A – H and of 3 minutes duration.
None lost, none damaged, no casualties, no victories.